- NAME: Jeannette Rankin
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: June 11, 1880
- DEATH DATE: May 18, 1973
- EDUCATION: University of Montana, New York School of Philanthropy (later part of Columbia University), University of Washington
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Missoula, Montana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Carmel, California
- Full Name: Jeannette Pickering Rankin
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Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.
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